This series of hour-long interviews will focus on the amazing online resources that are freely available for maths teachers everywhere
What are they – explained by the creators!
Why, when and how to use them!
I will also ask each of my guests to name their favourite websites that they get ideas and inspiration from in the #NoTextbookRequired segment. (I am not against textbooks by the way! I just prefer teachers to consider what questions they are asking pupils to complete as opposed to blindly following a scheme! Oh, and I hope you recognise the classic 80s album cover from which this segment’s pictures and name were born… and the theme tune within the videos!)
These hours have been a real joy so far as well as incredibly enlightening! I look forward to presenting more of them for everyone. It truly is fantastic how much people share to help towards improving maths education and I want to celebrate these as widely as possible. Any and all feedback (and ideas) welcomed on the “contact me” page
Future episodes in the Autumn series will include:
NRich looking at their website including an investigation into “Low Floor, High Ceiling” tasks
Georgina Sapsford discussing her fabulous Mathimation website
Joe Berwick discussing the power of worked examples on his website
Don Stewart passed away in May of 2020, but his influence on maths education will live on through his fabulous blog – https://donsteward.blogspot.com In this episode, Jo Morgan (@Resourceaholic) and Graham Charles (@SHaWMathsHub) join me to discuss the influence that Don had on their work, and share some of their favourite tasks that can be found on Don’s blog. These interviews also give some insight into how Don worked with teachers and classes, and some consideration into how best to approach his work. Thank you to my guests for joining me for this – it was a pleasure for me to have Jo and Graham spend time chatting with me and making us think, which is what Don was always keen for maths learners to do.
This episode of ResourceFULL encapsulates why I started this series of interviews. I hadn’t heard of Matt’s work, but when I did, and certainly after I spent an hour with him recording this, I believe this free resource needs to be shared with more people, as I believe it really helps teachers to consider good pedagogy and classroom practice. The Maths White Board (https://hbkportal.co.uk/MWB.html) offers the facility to apply worked examples and methods for checking for understanding, creates questions for retrieval and fluency practice at different levels as well as provides tools for online blended learning including a voting system. Thanks again to Matt for the work he has been so willing to share – I hope that people enjoy this hour (he also shares a really good idea in the #NoTextbookRequired section of the hour which I know I will definitely use going forward!)
In this thirteenth episode of ResourceFULL, I am lucky enough to meet the Director and Assistant Director for Secondary Maths from the NCETM, Carol Knights (KnighterNerd) and Pete Griffin (@PeteGriffin7), to talk about their new website.
The website is somewhat unique in this series of interviews as it offers a strong focus on professional development, so leaders of CPD and HODs would be particularly interested in this discussion.
We cover a number of areas including the resources on the website that could be used in CPD sessions as well as in the classroom, but also regularly about the importance of conceptual understanding. I am a huge advocate of collaboration when it comes to teacher development, and I think that is at the core of what the NCETM are offering.
I now we run over an hour (apologies!) but we couldn’t help it – this slimmed-down website has loads of stuff in it and we didn’t even cover everything!
This episode was great fun to record and generated a number of great uses for Frayer models in the classroom, all of which could be used in all subjects. These are great tools to devleop conceptual understanding and literacy.
Along with Jo Gledhill (@JoLocke1), Peter Mattock (@MrMattock), Ben Rapley (@MisterRapley) and Tom Dolan (@TimDolan), we also discussed the many benefits of Frayer models to pupils and how to successfully introduce them to a department.
Thanks to all four of my guests for participating. It was a really enjoyable hour!
Edexcel’s Maths Emporium – https://www.mathsemporium.com/login/
NCETM Mastery Development – https://www.ncetm.org.uk/teaching-for-mastery/mastery-materials/secondary-mastery-professional-development/
Jo Morgan’s Resourceaholic – https://www.resourceaholic.com/
AQA’s All about Maths – https://allaboutmaths.aqa.org.uk/
Colin Foster’s Instant Maths Ideas – http://www.foster77.co.uk/instantmathsideas.htm
STEM resources – https://www.stem.org.uk/resources
In this latest episode of ResourceFULL, I was fortunate enough to meet Dr Andrew Blair (@InquiryMaths), the founder of Inquiry Maths
In this interview we discuss how to introduce these tasks and the benefits that they bring, which to me certainly seem to be “developing a mathematician” – the ideas about the habits of mind we want to see in our pupils really resonated with me.
We also discuss the frequency of such tasks, resources that support each one and everything else that any teacher of maths would want to know if they were to consider using these tasks…. which I hope you do.
Knowledge organisers are getting more and more popular in schools as a tool for low-stakes testing and retrieval practice, but maths teachers haven’t always warmed to them. However, schools may have directed departments that they must be introduced, so we have to consider how to make them successful in maths. In this interview, I was lucky enough to be joined by Nathan Burns aka @MrMetacognition who has researched these in great detail, as well as Nicola Whiston (@Whisto_Maths) to discuss what maths knowledge organisers should contain and how we should use them effectively. They were both really positive guests and a joy to chat with! We were a little rushed for time but I definitely left the interview feeling that they will have a stronger place in my classroom, but also interested in their place in supporting and developing staff as well as how they should be aligned with a scheme of work.
I’ve been a big fan of Andy’s resources for many years (as have many other people, given his resources have been downloaded over 5.3 million times from TES!). However, I think he has struck gold with his simple but very effective “Clumsy Clive” AO2 reasoning tasks. This 45 min interview covers how to use these tasks, many others that he has shared so freely and covers how he goes about creating these himself too. I really enjoyed meeting Andy – don’t let the profile pics of him put you off (haha!) – he is a lovely, funny guy and he is so kind to share what he does!
Jo Morgan’s Resourceaholic – www.resourceaholic.com
Increasingly Difficult Questions – https://taylorda01.weebly.com/increasingly-difficult-questions.html
Don Steward’s Median blog – https://donsteward.blogspot.com/
Many schools are planning to teach mixed attainment groups in maths this coming academic year, and so this episode focuses on the attitude and approach that departments and teachers should adopt to make a success of this change, as well as sharing ideas on what to do in the classroom.
Helen Hindle (@HelenHindle1) and Tom Francome (@TFrancome) have both successfully led departments that taught mixed attainment, and share their thoughts. They don’t always agree about the approach, which is not at all surprising; do you know any two schools that approach teaching setted classes the same way? Why should mixed attainment be any different?
There are some absolute gems that will help any mixed attainment teacher in this episode, and a few mistakes occur along the way.. but that should be embraced in all classrooms! And yes we went over an hour – but it was worth it!
I wanted to reflect on this as I will be teaching mixed attainment classes myself for the first time in the upcoming academic year, so I have put together my first FULLup reflection, in which I share all my thoughts having done more reading and having heard from various sources. I didn’t intend for it to be as long as it is, but these 28 minutes will summarise my intended approach to mixed attainment, and the resources and ethos I intend to use. The link is – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_km8OBN88A&feature=youtu.be
Alison Jagger, Jean Knapp and Pete Mattock joined me to discuss their use of goal-free problems, and their reasoning behind them.
It was very interesting to hear from them all as they presented a number of different uses for them in their teaching groups, but also discuss how to implement such tasks and overcome any difficulties (as with anything new, it will always take a while to embed!)
For primary goal-free problems and many other resources and her blog, do go to https://jkprimarymaths.wordpress.com/
For secondary goal-free problems, go to Pete’s website – http://goalfreeproblems.blogspot.com/
For more secondary goal-free problems, and many other useful resources, includng the form-time activities that Alison discusses, please go to https://www.jaggersmaths.co.uk/
Craig Barton called him “the master of fluency practice”
Jonathan Hall chose his work as one of his #notextbookrequired resources
Jo Morgan hat-tipped his work in 2017 as “Best new resource”
Dave Taylor very kindly chatted through his resources and the many ways we can all use his Increasingly Difficult Questions.
He has created an etextbook which you can access on this page https://taylorda01.weebly.com/increasingly-difficult-questions.html
This man has potentially done more for maths education in this country than any other! His own interest in how research can impact on his practice and determination to share it with others through his podcast has led to more talking about their lessons and using evidence-based findings to improve the outcomes of pupils. This hour with Craig Barton was definitely one to remember!
We went into great detail about his www.diagnosticquestions.com
Craig also discussed his various (also amazing!) other websites in the #NotextbookRequired segment
What an hour! Wow!
This hour with Jonathan Hall was amazing! He covered his phenomenally popular mathsbot.com – I swear that everytime I go to his website, I find something I had not seen before. This is an absolutely key tool for every maths teacher!
Jonathan led us through a deep-dive (did I really use those words?!) of his website, and shared how he uses his own website within his own practice, whilst also sharing ideas on how we can all use it. The shortcuts and hacks that he just breezes through meant this hour passed so quickly! A must-watch if you use his site (and I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t use it!)
When maths teachers are asked what websites they use to find resources when planning lessons, a very common response is Resourceaholic.
Jo Morgan (@MathsJem) has been sharing her gems for six years and been continually growing her fabulous website ever since.
This chat covers how teachers can use the website most effectively, and covers her favourite resources, as well as looking at her new book also.
In this session, Tom (@Mannermatics) interviewed Robert Kaplinsky (@RobertKaplinsky), the co-founder of openmiddle.com – this website is revolutionary when it comes to challenging pupils in maths and developing their conceptual understanding and procedural fluency by using “empty-box” questions.
If you haven’t come across this website before, please take the time to watch this hour, as it will help you to consider how to introduce the openmiddle tasks to pupils, as well as the benefits that materialise through their use.
This first episode was really fun, and thanks to Ashton Coward (@AshtonC94), Jean Knapp (@MissJK24319629) and Pete Mattock (@MrMattock) for joining me, and sharing how to effectively use their website www.more-same-less.co.uk in primary and secondary settings.
These tasks are a lovely blend of variation and mathematical thinking and I encourage all maths teachers to consider incorporating these tasks into their classrooms.